November 2014 | Vol. XIII - No. 11






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Articles From The November 2014 Issue:



November Staff Picks: These 10 toys were selected by the TDmonthly staff for their high-quality and sales potential in the specialty market.  




Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST.  




2014 Hot for Holidays Toy Roundup: TDmonthly Magazine sees thousands of new products each year. These are some of our favorites.  




Toy Fair 2015 Booths to Visit: Check out these must-see toys and ordering specials from select Toy Fair exhibitors.  





Has Jakks Pacific turned around – finally?...Perhaps!: After sales declines every single year since 2008 it appears that Jakks has finally turned a corner.  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Preschool Toys: Looking for some top-notch preschool toys for your store? Look no further than the ten toys below. 




Top-10 Most-Wanted Jewelry and Accessories: Check out the items that flew off retailers' shelves in October.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Tween Toys: It can be hard to keep kids coming to your store as they get older, but these tween toys might do the trick.




Holiday Dream Toys for Retailers: Gift your customers with an extra-special toy selection this holiday season.




This Advanced Retail Selling Technique Could Save Your Store: Never underestimate the power of comparison in retail sales.  




Interview with Alexandre Pariente, CEO of Safari Ltd®: Alexandre Pariente recently took over as CEO of Safari Ltd®, a third-generation educational toy company.  




Interview with Carly Gloge, CEO of Ubooly: Find out how this unique interactive toy went from idea to market.  




Specialty Toy Reviews from Toys for Thought: Check out specialty toy reviews from Harold Herskowitz, owner of Toy for Thought.  




Notable and New Toys by Category: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier.






Articles From The October 2014 Issue:



October Staff Picks: Every month, we share with you our favorite new toys. This month, check out new games, arts & crafts and construction toys.  




Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST.  




Specialty Toy Review - Schoenhut Fancy Baby Grand Piano: Find out why Kid Reporter Bali Bare and her mom Jenn think this Schoenhut piano is "Awesome!"  




Videos from the 2014 ABC Kids Expo: Check out our videos of hot new baby & kids products, brought to you straight from the show floor.  




Two Top Retailers Win Chance to Be TDmonthly Reviewers: Two top toy-store owners have won the chance to receive samples from our toy-company partners and review them.  




Specialty Toy Reviews from Toys for Thought: Check out specialty toy reviews from Harold Herskowitz, owner of Toy for Thought.  




Specialty Retailers Predict Hot Holiday Toys of 2014: 4th quarter is almost here so we asked retailers: What do you think will be the hot holiday toys of 2014?  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Card Games: Spot It! looms large on our best-sellers lists, but other classic card games are still popular with retailers as well.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys: Check out the best-selling science & nature toys according to specialty retailers interviewed by TDmonthly.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Novelty Toys: From horse masks to whoopee cushions, novelty toys add some fun to every store.




Holiday Dream Toys for Retailers: Gift your customers with an extra-special toy selection this holiday season.




Alibaba – where is the company today and where is it going?: Now that the Alibaba IPO – arguably the largest in history – has been accomplished, two crucial questions remain unanswered: Why did Jack Ma do it in the first place and where is he going from here?  




Get Ready for the Holidays: How to De-Clutter Your Retail Store: Now's your chance to clear out stale merch to improve holiday sales down the road.  




Notable and New Toys by Category: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 




Articles From The September 2014 Issue:




September Staff Picks: From STEM skill-boosting kits to water-proof party games, we've got you covered in your search for cool new specialty toys.  




Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST.  




The Wii U is sinking – will it drag Nintendo down with it?: Declining interest in the WiiU could signal a shift for Nintendo.  


Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in August 2014 to see which specialty toys were flying of store shelves.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Die-Cast Toys: Toys that roll, zoom and fly are always popular, and these fun die-cast toys are no exception.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Collectible Toys: Licensed toys were among the top-selling collectibles, according to specialty retailers.




Top-5 Most-Wanted Action Figures: Big licenses topped this list of best-selling action figures.  




Will American Kids Want Some Tsum-Tsum?: Disney's new plush toy from Japan could be the next big thing stateside.  




2014 ABC Must-Sees: Learn about ordering specials and new products from ABC Kids Expo exhibitors.  




6 Smart Ways to Spend $1000 (Or Less) To Attract More Retail Customers: Sometimes, you have to spend to earn.




Notable and New Toys by Category: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier.

Articles From The August 2014 Issue:



August Staff Picks: Check out these 9 top-notch toys for specialty stores.  




Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST.  




Developing STEM Skills: Education Through Play: Learn how to choose the best STEM skill-building toys for your store.  




2014 ABC Must-Sees: Learn about ordering specials and new products from ABC Kids Expo exhibitors.  




2014 Holiday Preview - Games, Puzzles, Science, Music: It's time to start your holiday ordering - could one of these toys be your next holiday hit?  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Puzzles: We pieced together this best-selling puzzles list to help you research new products.  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Electronics and Battery-Operated Toys: Go beyond computers with these electronic and battery operated toys for specialty stores.  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Toys: Learn more about some of the top-selling specialty toys from around the country.  




Tween Toys to Talk About: Keep older kids coming to your store with this engaging Tween toys.  




GameStop is Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Can the video game retailer survive in an increasingly digital market?  




Helping Boys and Girls Set and Measure Goals with Games Workshop: Learn how hobby products can help kids learn about goal-setting - and help retailers connect with their customers.  




9 Summer Tasks for Winter Success: Putting the work in now could pay off in the 4th quarter.  




Notable and New Toys by Category: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier.


Articles From The July 2014 Issue:





July Staff Picks: Fun toys for rainy days.  




Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST.  




2014 ASTRA Kid Reporter Videos: Watch TDmonthly's 4 Kid Reporters as they learn about new toys at ASTRA.  




2014 Holiday Preview: Dolls, Plush & Puppets, Infant & Toddler, Electronics and Play Houses: Summer vacation may be in full swing, but in retailers' minds winter break is right around the corner.  




And the 2014 Top Toy Debut Awards Go To...: Retailers have spoken - see the winning toys!  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Plush and Puppets: Top-notch toys from Folkmanis, Douglas and more.  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Dolls: Cute dolls from Adora, Corolle and more topped retailers' best-sellers lists.  




Top-10 Most-Wanted Furniture and Play Houses: Forget traditional - innovative play tents ruled this months' best-sellers list.  




STICKMAN STEW® Sticks It to Bullies - But Kindly!: Cross Between Gumby and Mr. Rogers Is Ready to Make Big Changes in the World.  




TDmonthly Kid Reporters Dig the Dirt (& Dino Poop) at ASTRA: Kids Go Behind the Scenes at Toy Trade Show.  




ASTRA 2014 Live Retailer and Kid Reporter Coverage: TDmonthly Magazine is reporting to you live with pictures and video from the 2014 ASTRA Marketplace.  




American Girl Goes on Travels: Maplelea may be Canada's answer to Mattel's American Girl Dolls. 




For Retailers on the Edge of Adding Commission as Incentive: If you are a retailer on the verge of offering commissions, here are a few benefits to push you over the hump.




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut WINNERS - Just Fun: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks! 




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Games & Puzzles: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Arts & Crafts: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Dolls, Plush and Collectibles: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Construction: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Science & Nature: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Outdoor Toys: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Electronics: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Infant & Toddler: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Musical Toys: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!




TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award WINNERS - Classic Toys: 46 Retailers Have Made Their Picks!






Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make yo ur ordering easier.. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — All: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier.

Articles From The June 2014 Issue:





Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST




June Staff Picks: Take look at these nine toys picked by the TDmonthly staff to help liven up your store shelves. 




Why Your Customer Service Has To Include Selling: Bob Phibbs explains why being polite is only part of a retail job. 




Games Workshop Captures Big Brothers and Dads: Craft and Gaming Kits Turned Bored Browsers Into Devoted Customers. 




Schoenhut Is Electrifying!: This classic toy piano Co. is releasing its first-ever electronic pianos. 




Are Fashion Dolls Old Hat?: Could Barbie's days be numbered? Lutz Muller explores the rise of the non-fashion doll. 




Top-10 Most-Wanted Licensed Toys: LEGO proves to purvey the most successful licensed toys, according to specialty retailers.




Top-10 Most-Wanted Activity Kits and Play Sets: Arts & crafts toys are the hottest products in the activity kit category, according to retailers interviewed by TDmonthly




Top-10 Most-Wanted Construction Toys: LEGO, Playmobil and Magformers were named top sellers for specialty retailers. 




2014 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy Booths to Visit: See new toys and ordering specials from select booths at the 2014 ASTRA show. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 




Notable and New Toys by Category — All: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 


Articles From The May 2014 Issue:



May Staff Picks: This month, TDmonthly has selected 9 of our favorite new top-quality toys to share in our Staff Picks. 



2014 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy Booths to Visit: See new toys and ordering specials from select booths at the 2014 ASTRA show. 



Toys in the News: Toys in the News is updated Mon-Fri at 9:15 am PST. 


Top-10 Most-Wanted Travel Toys and Games: Summer vacation is almost here, so TDmonthly Magazine surveyed specialty retailers about their best-selling travel toys.


Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant and Toddler Toys: From puppets to pianos, learn more about Top-10 best-selling infant & toddler toys. 


Top-10 Most-Wanted Bath Toys: Which bath toys are making a splash in specialty? Find out inside. 



2014 Holiday Preview : Aircraft, Die-Cast, Hobby, Novelties, Seasonal.


ToysRUs Has Major Problems: ToysRUs hasn't been doing so well - find out why. 



Why Schoenhut® Piano Company Teamed Up With Raggs: Learn about Schoenhut's exciting new partnership with Raggs. 



Travel Fractiles Bend Time: Real STEM Travel Toy Keeps Kids Engaged.



Connect With Your Customers on Pinterest: Pinterest, the social networking site that is easy to use and easy on the eyes, is becoming a common marketing tool.



Are Your Employees Putting Your Retail Brand At Risk?: Learn how your employees could be negatively affecting sales.



Notable and New Toys by Category — All: See all the new toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier. 


Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only: See all the new specialty toys we've uploaded in the last month to make your ordering easier.


Articles From The April 2014 Issue:


    

   April Staff Picks:
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   A Broader View's Round Table Puzzles: 
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   Yamie Chess Makes April Fool-Proof:
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   Toy Industry News for April 2014:
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   2014 ASTRA Marketplace & Academy Booths to Visit:
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  Top-10 Best-Selling Toys Overall:
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   Top-10 Most-Wanted Outdoor Toys:
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   Top-10 Most-Wanted Ride-On Toys:
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   2014 Toy Fest West Toy Videos:
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   2014 Toy Fest West Toy Report:
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   Mattel buys Mega – what is the likely impact?:
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  What To Do When You Don’t Like To Sell:
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  Notable and New Toys by Category — All:
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  Notable and New Toys by Category — Specialty Only:
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  In April Issue:
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